During the Ghislaine Maxwell sex trafficking trial, prosecutors dropped their case against two jail guards accused of falsifying jail records and sleeping on the job whilst convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein died in his cell.
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan opted to sign a nolle prosequi (a formal notice of dropping the case) on 13 December, Insider reports.
Charges were first filed against the two guards back in 2019 and according to the Associated Press, a grand jury indictment accused Toval Noel and Michael Thomas of neglecting their duties.
The indictment said the guards failed to perform the required half-hourly checks on Jeffrey Epstein but fabricated log entries to indicate that they had done so.
Jeffrey Epstein was placed on suicide watch after being found with bruising to his neck on 23 July. Under that supervision, it was required that he be checked on every half hour around the clock by the guards on duty.
The pedophile billionaire was found dead on 10 August awaiting trial for sex trafficking charges.
On Wednesday a jury found Ghislaine Maxwell guilty on five of the six counts she had been charged with.
The only count she wasn’t convicted on was ‘Enticement of an Individual Under the Age of 17 (Jane only) to Travel with Intent to Engage in Illegal Sexual Activity’.
The jury instead convicted her of conspiracy to entice and transport individuals under 17 with the intent to engage in illegal sexual activity, as well as sex trafficking of individuals under the age of 17 and 18.